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The pensions problem deepens

The pensions problem, and it’s a serious problem, hasn’t improved since George Osborne recently announced his ‘pensions revolution’.

Packs sent out to pension customers have simply failed to shed much light on a complex issue. Worse still, not all insurers even mention the new rules, and run the risk of leaving their customers in dire trouble.

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More mis-sold policies…

Not so long ago, we covered the mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) fiasco – huge numbers of people saddled with pointless policies which they ended up being compensated for.

These were policies that were created for no reason other than to make money. And it seems that the lessons of the PPI disaster have quickly been forgotten if ‘bankruptcy indemnity policies’ are anything to go by.

Read more: More mis-sold policies…

Waffle extractor

It’s a shame that such a thing is needed, but fair play to Houston PR for their online tool polifiller.com.

The website, which lists a ‘cliché of the day’ (‘Tightening their belts’ when I looked) strips all nonsense and surplus waffle from politicians’ comments.

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It’ll soon be awards time…

It’ll shortly be awards time again at Plain English Campaign, which means another Foot in Mouth winner will soon be announced.

Our 2014 winner is more than worthy of the best past winners and was the overwhelming choice. They, along with all other award winners, will be announced on December 3. For now, here are a few memorable past Foot in Mouth winners talking utter nonsense…

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The lazy uncertainty of the long-winded

We at Plain English Campaign know how empty and pointlessly complex business jargon is. Though it’s always good to have a renowned cognitive scientist behind us.

Steven Pinker, writer of many critically acclaimed books on the brain, language and behaviour, recently published a language style guide, The Sense of Style. In it, he heavily criticises office gobbledygook.

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